Autumn statement: what will be the fate of local government?

Alexandra Jones writes in Prospect about the implications of the Spending Review for local government.

Press release published on 27 November 2015 by Alexandra Jones

Much of the public sector will have breathed a sigh of relief yesterday at Spending Review cuts that, while certainly tough, were by no means on the scale many had predicted.

Not local government leaders, however—who are faced with soaring demand for social care on top of a 56 per cent cut to the local government central grant over this Parliament. Despite some welcome announcements in the shape of new powers over business rates, and confirmation of the city devolution deals announced earlier this year, the Spending Review clearly offers local leaders a tough settlement. But what will it mean for different places around the country?

Read the rest of the article in Prospect.